SEOUL -- General Motors' South Korean unit said on Monday it may discontinue its Spark minicar and replace it with a crossover as demand in the United States falls.
Sales for the Spark slumped 36 percent to 22,589 units in the U.S. last year.
The production plan for the new crossover is dependent on support from the South Korean government and concessions for its local union, a GM Korea spokesman said. The new model is tapped for production in 2022.
GM had said in February it plans to shut down one of its factories in South Korea, and was rethinking the operational viability of three other plants in the country.
The move also comes as sales of GM's Opel brand in Europe might put a dent on the demand for Spark, which is being exported to Europe as Opel's Karl.
Opel earlier said it will shift production from South Korea to Europe and import nearly 200,000 less vehicles per year from South Korea by 2020.